MPs call on Govia to deliver the step change they promised

The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, and Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, have met Rail Ministers again this week to keep the pressure on Govia.

They understand the frustrations of passengers as they also depend on the services, which have just not been good enough. 

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, “Enough is enough, the latest timetable must stabilise this week and deliver the step change in reliability we were promised. Local people have run out of patience with Govia and we made that clear again today to the Secretary of State and the Rail Minister. 

Our focus is on ensuring that once the timetable is stabilised the increases in services we expected back in May, are delivered in a carefully planned manner. The improvements for Stevenage and Knebworth are immense, with many more trains, thousands more seats and new destinations.”

“I have tried to get the best service for my constituents and there have been a number of additional services we have been able to introduce for both Knebworth and Stevenage over the last few weeks. However, I will not be satisfied until we have all the benefits of the new timetable for both of my stations.”

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald MP, said, “Govia are on their final chance. The new timetable must stabilise the service or I will call for the franchise to be withdrawn. I am monitoring performance very carefully this week.”